Substance Abuse Treatment for Youth
Find resources on treatment services that are geared toward adolescents affected by substance use problems.
Therapeutic Services for Children Whose Parents Receive Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment (PDF - 765 KB)
National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors & National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2011)
Identifies policies and practices States have implemented to offer high-quality services for children whose parents enter SUD treatment, including information on what types of therapeutic services States offer and how they determine what services children should receive.
Changing Systems: Outcomes From the RWJF Reclaiming Futures Initiative on Juvenile Justice and Substance Abuse
Butts & Roman (2007)
Examines the quality of substance abuse treatment services for youthful offenders at 10 locations across the country.
Counseling and Treating Adolescents With Alcohol and Other Substance Use Problems and Their Families
The Family Journal, 14(4), 2006
Examines strategies for assessing and diagnosing adolescents with substance use problems as well as how to design interventions and treatment programs for these adolescents and their families.
Family-Based Treatment Models Targeting Substance Use and High-Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents: A Review
Thompson, Pomeroy, & Gover
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 2(1), 2005
Reviews interventions that have considerable empirical support for treating adolescent substance abuse as well as preventing substance use.
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations (PDF - 2970 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011)
Addresses approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk youths in settings that serve a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population.
Multisystemic Therapy and Neighborhood Partnerships: Reducing Adolescent Violence and Substance Abuse
Swenson, Henggeler, & Addison (2005)
Discusses ways to combine the use of multi-systemic therapy with neighborhood partnerships in order to develop effective interventions for troubled youth exhibiting criminal behaviors and substance abuse.
The Quality of Highly Regarded Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Programs: Results of an In-Depth National Survey
Brannigan, Schackman, Falco, & Millman
Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 158(9), 2004
This study defined nine key elements of effective adolescent substance abuse treatment and then rated the ability of over 140 programs to address those elements, identifying areas for the improvement of treatment programs.
The Reclaiming Futures Initiative: Improving Substance Abuse Interventions for Justice-Involved Youth
Butts & Roman (2007)
Results from a study of the initiative suggest it is a useful model for promoting effective partnerships between juvenile justice agencies, substance abuse treatment providers, and community groups.
The Relative Effectiveness of 10 Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Programs in the United States (PDF - 765 KB)
Drug Policy Research Center, RAND Corporation (2006)
Examines 10 Adolescent Treatment Models programs funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to determine whether there is any evidence of relative treatment effects.
Treatment Effectiveness With Dually Diagnosed Adolescents: A Systematic Review
Bender, Springer, & Kim
Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 6(3), 2006
Reviews clinical trials of interventions for adolescents with both substance abuse and mental health diagnoses and derives preliminary guidelines for treating these adolescents based on treatments shown to be most effective.
Understanding and Treating Adolescent Substance Use Disorders: Assessment, Treatment, Juvenile Justice Responses
Jainchill (Ed.) (2012)
Civic Research Institute, Inc.
Identifies the environmental, intrapersonal, and interpersonal factors that influence adolescent drug-using behaviors and explains how to address these factors in developing a treatment plan.